Na­tiv­ity story a drive-through

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JOE DAWSON

The story of Christ­mas, chron­i­cling the birth of Je­sus rather than the mod­ern whirl­wind of par­ties, shop­ping and food, will be brought to life in Auck­land’s only drive-through na­tiv­ity scene.

For six nights the Green­lane Chris­tian Cen­tre will trans­form its car park into a Christ­mas scene where any­one in need of re­mind­ing where the tra­di­tional hol­i­day began can drive in for a lit­tle peace.

The Christ­mas drive-through is an an­nual event for the church community and last year drew 3000 vis­i­tors.

Those who head along will ex­pe­ri­ence live ac­tion re­pro­duc­tions as ac­tors play out the tale on four sets.

While the cen­tral themes are un­changed, a new script brings the mes­sages into the 21st cen­tury.

‘‘We have four op­por­tu­ni­ties to present in dif­fer­ent styles while keep­ing it about the Christ­mas story,’’ scriptwriter and scene di­rec­tor Hunter Scott says.

There will be a song and dance scene, a ver­sion of the Lorde hit Roy­als, and some events of the past year will be worked into the story.

‘‘We dig into the Amer­i­cas Cup a lit­tle bit. The script is writ­ten a bit younger so it has a bit of hu­mour,’’ he says.

Each scene lasts three minutes and can be per­formed up to 25 times in a night.

Pas­tor Max Ja­cob­sen says more than 200 vol­un­teers work hard over a long pe­riod to pro­duce the show but the ef­fort is well worth it.

‘‘This is what it’s all about for us as Chris­tians – the com­ing of God and show­ing us how to live.

‘‘It puts it back into per­spec­tive.’’

Photo: JOE DAWSON

Christ­mas story: Green­lane Chris­tian Church is putting on a drive-through na­tiv­ity story. Scene di­rec­tor Hunter Scott shows off his shep­herd’s cos­tume with pas­tor Max Ja­cob­sen.

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